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America's Most Influential Athletes

  • Forbes , Wednesday, April 25, 2012 11:24 AM

Last year, three drivers from the Nascar circuit made Forbes' list of America’s Most Influential Athletes, led by perennial Sprint Cup Series champ Jimmie Johnson. Johnson, with ties to Chevrolet, Quaker State and Lowe’s, repeats as America’s most influential athlete, based on public opinion polling.  But fellow drivers Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (down from No. 3 to No. 7) and Jeff Gordon (off the list this year) didn’t keep up, making way for newcomers like Jeremy Lin and Manny Pacquiao, and for the rise of several pro quarterbacks.

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